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Beyoncé's Parents Kept Destiny's Child Away From R. Kelly


There were repeated requests by him and his label to work with the teenage girls. Matthew Knowles, said of the girls: "They did not leave our eyes."

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Beyoncé's father, Matthew Knowles said Destiny's Child stayed away from R. Kelly because they had heard of his reputation back in the late '90s.

"The girls were 15, 16," he said. "When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes."

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Black Men Get Candid About Mental Health

Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.

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Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.

But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.

Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.

NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project 375.org to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.

The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.

Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.

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On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.

He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

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Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.

Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.

Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.

These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.

And talking about it helps.

Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."

Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.

Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.

Reader Question: Why do you think Black men struggle to speak openly about their how stress impacts their mental health?

Jay-Z and Eminem Both Sue The Weinstein Company

The two rappers are among thousands allegedly owed money.

Two of the most successful rap stars of their time are in a legal battle with embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Jay-Z and Eminem have both produced high profiled projects for his company. Both rappers claim they are owed unpaid royalties by The Weinstein Company, which just filed for bankruptcy. Both men claim they are owed amounts in the six figures.

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Beyoncé Brings Black Pride to Coachella

The superstar made African American culture the star of the show.

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has carved a place in Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival history as the first Black woman to headline the event. The traditionally hipster/bohemian festival took a journey into Black America with Queen Bey at the helm.

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Why Jay-Z Told David Letterman Some Good Has Come from the Trump Presidency

Duo tackles effect of administration in an episode of Letterman's Netflix series.

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Hip-hop icon and businessman Jay-Z sat down with former late night host David Letterman where he referred to the presidency as "actually a great thing."

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Jay-Z: 'You Treat People Like Human Beings'

"Yes, it's disappointing and hurtful. It is hurtful ... because he's like looking down on a whole population of people," the rapper and businessman said over the weekend.

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Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter had a powerful message for the president this weekend: you can't put a price tag on happiness.

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Jay-Z Feuds with Zimmerman over Upcoming Trayvon Martin Documentary

Zimmerman suggests that he will feed rapper Jay-Z to an alligator as a result of alleged harassment towards his family.

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A new six-part documentary series about the life and controversial death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has pitted the man who was acquitted of the unarmed Florida teen's death against the venture's producer.

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Jay-Z: Probation Is 'A Land Mine' for Blacks in America

"Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime," Jay-Z wrote.

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Businessman and rapper Jay-Z on Friday spoke out about America's prison system that serves as a revolving door for parolees.

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Beyoncé's Pic of Newborn Twins Causes a Stir on Social Media

A photo posted by the global superstar dominated the Internet, again.

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Singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, known just as "Beyoncé," surprised her more than 100 million Instagram followers at around 1 a.m. ET Friday with the first-ever public photo of the Carter twins.

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Jay-Z Slammed Over Lyrics Perpetuating Jewish Stereotypes

"We are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish 'control' of the banks and finance," said the Anti-Defamation League.

Jay-Z Slammed Over Lyrics Perpetuating Jewish Stereotypes on new album 4:44

Since releasing his new album on June 30, Jay-Z has managed to do two things in less than a week — gain platinum status and stir up anti-Semitic controversy. While the former sounds great, there are some who are less than enthusiastic about the lyricist's accomplishment, including the Anti-Defamation League.

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Beyoncé Criticized by Has-Been Piers Morgan

Morgan writes Beyoncé is now a "born again Black woman" who plays the "race card"; Twitter erupts.

Piers Morgan, British journalist and former CNN talk show host, wrote an essay published Monday in the U.K.'s Daily Mail titled "Jay-Z's not the only one who needs to be nervous about Beyoncé, the born-again-Black woman with a political mission," criticizing multi-platinum artist Beyoncé Knowles' "Lemonade," a visual album.

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